Whose Scat Is That?

Whose Scat Is That?

In the relaxed camp atmosphere it’s almost too easy to find yourself swaying with the palm trees, entranced in the soothing sounds of the ocean while locked in a daze at the clouds rolling overhead but today we are talking all things scat...

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Invertebrate Locomotion in the Ocean

Invertebrate Locomotion in the Ocean

 At the Catalina Island Marine Institute, we are all about being active and on the move.  The same goes for the invertebrates in our labs! But how do they move? Magic? Super powers? Thinking happy thoughts? Actually, we can explain...

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Mucus in the Animal Kingdom

Mucus in the Animal Kingdom

 Boogers. There. I said it. Now you are all thinking about thoseooey gooey slimy’s that drip from our noses when we are sick. But our bodies produce mucus every day—it helps protect our lungs by capturing dust and dirt when we inhale. Mucus...

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The Invertebrate: Sea Hare

The Invertebrate: Sea Hare

 The sea hare is one of the most amazing invertebrates you can see in the waters surrounding Catalina Island and here at CIMI. You can find two different species in our coves and our aquariums – the California sea hare and the black sea hare...

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Insided Look: California Sea Hare

Insided Look: California Sea Hare

Don’t get confused by the name, California sea hares are actually a type of sea slug commonly found in intertidal zones along the coast of California and Mexico. Their color depends on the food they eat. One of their favorite foods is the red...

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